Dressed in all white and stepping on stage to lots of fanfare, Kanye used his long-anticipated 4 minutes at the 2016 Video Music Awards to debut the video for his The Life Of Pablo track “Fade” starring the sexy and talented Teyana Taylor. Prior to the unveiling of the Flashdance inspired visuals, Kanye (in true Yeezy fashion) gave us a few words of inspiration.
“Famous might lose to Beyonce tonight, but I can’t be mad. I’m always wishing for Beyonce to win,” he confessed.
“But for people to understand, just how blessed we are…[the video] was an expression of our now. Our fame right now. Us on the inside of the TV. The audacity to put Anna winter next to Donald Trump. I mean, I put Ray J in there, bruh. This is fame bruh.”
The jab made everyone in the house giggle, including Mrs. Kardasian West herself. Kim even took it in stride when her hubby shouted out his ex in the crowd.
“I see you Amber!,” he exclaimed while pointing into the crowd
Bringing his speech home, Kanye claims his rightful place next to the visionaries of our generation. “I sit down and talk to older rich people. AKA, white. And they tell me, don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. And my friend Zekiah [sp] told me, ‘It’s 3 keys that keep people empiveried: taking away their esteem, taking away their resources and taking away their role models. My role models are artist/merchants…Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West.”
Read Ye’s full speech (via TIME) below:
“I am Kanye West, and that feels especially great to say this year. I came here to present my new video, but before I do that, I’mma talk. Now, later tonight, ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyoncé, but I can’t be mad. I’m always wishing for Beyoncé to win, so.
But for people to understand just how blessed we are… It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV. You know, just to put… the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump. I mean, like, I put Ray J in it, bro. This is fame, bro! Like, I see you Amber. My wife is a G. Not a lot of peoples’ wives would let them say that right there. We came over in the same boat. Now we all in the same bed. Well, maybe different boats, but uh.
But if you think about last week, there were 22 people murdered in Chicago. You know, like, people come up to me like, ‘Yeah, that’s right! Take Taylor!’ But bro, like, I love all y’all. That’s why I called her.
So I was speaking at the Art Institute last year, and a kid came up to me and said ‘Three of my friends died, and I don’t know if I’m gonna be the next.’ And it has to, you know you have to think, like, when you’re a senior and it’s the last month and you just don’t feel like doing any more work. If you feel like you seeing people dying right next to you, you might feel like, what’s the point? You know like life could be like, starting to feel worthless in a way. I know times for me, I sit down and talk to older, like, like, rich people. You know, a.k.a. white, you know. And they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs. Don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney,’ and my friend Zekiah[sp?] told me… they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to these people, right.’ My friend Zekiah [sp?] told me there’s three keys to keeping people impoverished: that’s taking away their esteem, taking away their resources, and taking away their role models. My role models are artists, merchants. There’s less than ten that I can name in history. Truman. Ford. Hughes. Disney. Jobs. West.
Bro. Bro! Tonight, we here to have fun. I’m standing in front of my idol, Puff Daddy. I’m standing in front of my wife, Kim Kardashian West. I’m standing in front of the future: Chance the Rapper, 2 Chainz, Jaden Smith. Bro, we are undeniably the influence, the thought leaders. I’m gonna play y’all a piece of my art, and I just hope y’all have a good time. Play that.”